The CGIAR Research Program on Aquatic Agricultural Systems (AAS) has developed a refreshing perspective to aquatic agricultural systems; systems where land and water meet. These systems are not simply focused on what can be captured or farmed from the water, but include agricultural resources of the land. These land based resources are influenced by the nearby aquatic resources and affect how people utilize and interact with these environments.
The Program is currently operating in Africa, Asia and the Pacific. In Africa, the Program is initially centered on Zambia, with the Barotse Flood Plain system inWestern Zambia as the first research hub.
The workshop generated an understanding of where each of the different organizations stand with their work, and what potential benefits exist for working together. The intention of this workshop was to align goals and understanding how this collaboration could be leveraged to maximize the benefit for African countries. Opening Plenary – CGIAR, AAS and Africa.